Trevor Mendham

UK Civil Liberties - New Labour's Record

2001 Anti-Terrosism Legislation

The UK government took full advantage the atrocities of September 11th 2001. Playing on public fear they rushed through the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

This Act allows indefinite detention without trial of foreign nationals in the UK merely suspected of being a threat to national security. No need for anything old-fashioned like trial or evidence - just lock 'em up and throw away the key. After all, they're only foreigners.

This Act was so obscene tht it would have been illegal under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), so the British government chose to derogate from Article 5 of the ECHR.

No other EU government thought such measures a necessary or proportionate response to the events of 11th September.

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